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New research initiative takes on the environmental problems of Hanö Bay

Hanö Bay Lund University and Simrishamn Municipality have received a total of SEK 7 million from Region Skåne for a new research and innovation environment at the Marine Biological Centre in Simrishamn. The aim is to study and solve environmental problems and societal challenges associated with the sea, water and coastal areas of Skåne and southern Sweden.

Lund astrophysicist on the legacy of Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking Professor of Astronomy Melvyn Davies at Lund University discusses the legacy of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. "He leaves the subject in a vibrant state", says Davies.

Giant curtain will help scientists study threats against cloud forests

On a wild mountain slope of the Peruvian jungle, researcher Dan Metcalfe has strung up his huge plastic curtain. A researcher from Lund University in Sweden has managed to install a huge curtain in a remote cloud forest in South America. The aim is to study how these valuable forests are affected if clouds are elevated due to global warming.

Unexpected discovery about essential enzyme

Illustration: Derek Logan The enzyme that produces DNA building blocks plays an important role when cells divide. In a new study, researchers have discovered for the first time that the so-called master switch of the enzyme can change locations - while still performing the same task.

The starry sky shows nocturnal animals the way

Photo: Chris Collingridge Nocturnal animals can use the stars and the Milky Way to find their way during the darkest hours. While animal navigation is studied all over the world, some of the leading researchers are based at Lund University in Sweden. In a recent article they sum up the research so far and give their thoughts on challenges to come.

Major investment in more environmentally friendly solar energy

Iron molecule Chemistry professor Kenneth Wärnmark at Lund University in Sweden has been awarded SEK 35 million for a research project about using iron molecules to develop solar cells and solar fuel. The grant is aimed at producing cheaper and more environmentally-friendly materials that can capture the energy of the sun.

Colourful photo reveals cannibalism in galaxy cluster

Colourful clutter of both distant galaxies and foregrounded stars in our own galaxy. Stephan’s Quintet can be seen in the right-hand corner. Photo: CFHT, Pierre-Alain Duc (Obs. De Strasbourg) & Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CEA Saclay/Obs. De Paris). Astronomers have managed to take unusually colourful images of a group of galaxies using a telescope in Hawaii. The photos reveal new facts about this spectacular galaxy cluster. Remnants of star matter attest to a phenomenon known as galactic cannibalism.

Physicist is awarded millions for research on X-rays using nanowires

This nanowire is three micrometres long and connected to two rectangular metal contacts. Image: Lert Chayanun. Researcher Jesper Wallentin at the Department of Physics at Lund University in Sweden has received a grant of approximately SEK 15 million for a research project on the ability of nanowires to act as detectors for X-ray radiation. If successfully developed, this technology could enable X-rays of single cells, for example.

Researchers optimise sugar beet for bio-fertilisers

Sugar beet. Certain microorganisms are used to stimulate cultivated plants’ growth and disease resistance. Sometimes such bio-fertilisers works well, sometimes not. Now, researchers at Lund University, Sweden, are to study the exact requirements for improving the growth of sugar beet. If they succeed, biological fertilisers of crops will provide more benefits and bigger harvests.

Oxygen in the World’s Oceans is Declining, Scientists Reveal Dangers and Solutions

When the oxygen content of bottom water gets low, eventually only bacteria are able to survive on the seabed. Here is the so-called dead layer, which consists of white sulfur bacteria. Photo: Peter Bondo Christensen. In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean without oxygen has gone up more than four-fold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950.


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